When you meet a friend, you can say “What’s up?”.
It’s clear and simple for a French, with the fascination we have for English’s conciseness : what is “up”, after all? 🙂
I think there’s a slightly different color in “What’s up with you?”, saying “What have you been up to?”, which is “How have you been busy these days?”. I’m good?
Well, we say in this case “What’s new?” : Quoi de neuf ?
After a long-time no-see, we often say : “Qu’est-ce que tu deviens ?“, which means “Who do you become?”, or “What are you turning into?“.
Yessss you see me coming, there’s a cultural difference here showing on the surface :
USA asks “What have you been up to?”, France asks “What are you turning into?”. One friend is asking about your actions, the other one is asking about your inner transformation. Isn’t it revealing? I don’t know, it makes me think, in any case…
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